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Summer meals program rebounding after years of decline

Advocates and Arizona education officials say they are confident the summer meal program for low-income children will start to climb this summer, after five years of steady declines that saw meals served drop more than 50 percent.... Read more»

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Texting service alerts families to nearest free meal

So far this summer more than 300,000 texts requesting information from No Kid Hungry have led children and families to places where they can eat.... Read more»

Cut lighter fluid for tastier, greener grilling

Grilling without using lighter fluid means releasing smaller amounts of volatile organic compounds into the air — key ingredients in smog. It can also mean better-tasting food for your July 4 barbecue. So how to get the blasted coals glowing without dousing them in lighter fluid? Use a charcoal chimney.... Read more»

Arizona food deserts: How can leaders and residents address the issue?

Many Arizona communities have long struggled to address "food deserts" — areas that lack immediate access to healthy, affordable food. Local experts say there are a variety of ways to alleviate these hardships. Some solutions include broadening government-assistance programs, growing community gardens and building supermarkets.... Read more»

From fresh produce to inmate job training, Nogales food bank fills a basket of needs

Food waste, the affordability of fresh produce, and prison inmate rehabilitation may seem like disparate issues, but the Borderlands Food Bank in Nogales is approaching them all head-on.... Read more»

Apache County had worst 'food insecurity' in U.S., state fared poorly

Food advocacy groups said Apache County children had the least reliable access to healthy food in the nation in 2014, when 41.5 percent of children in the county were deemed to be “food insecure.” ... Read more»

8 places to celebrate with mom this Sunday

A round-up of Mother's Day events happening this Sunday.... Read more»

FDA allowing folic acid in masa could cut Latino birth defects

WASHINGTON – The Food and Drug Administration announced that manufacturers can start adding folic acid to masa de maiz beginning Friday, a move long pursued by advocates who say it will curb birth defects in the Hispanic community.... Read more»

SNAP food assistance cuts coming to Pima County

Unemployed SNAP recipients in Pima County will have 90 days to find employment or risk losing their food assistance. 40,000 Arizonans will be among more than 500,000 people across the country who will lose benefits commonly known as food stamps.... Read more»

Strong El Niño storms in Arizona could mean higher produce prices

This year’s El Niño will be one of the strongest weather cycles of its kind on record, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.... Read more»

What the Devil won't tell you

Tucson gastronomy shows border culture war is a false flag

Tucson has just become a UNESCO "Worldwide City of Gastronomy," which reminds me of how some are up in arms over an Illegal Pete's chain restaurant. Latino culture isn't just embraced here in Tucson. It's marketed. It's not just appropriated. It's sometimes mis-appropriated — and it's everywhere.... Read more»

From the editor

You're invited: TucsonSentinel.com holiday shindig

Come celebrate the holiday season with a few drinks, a bitet to eat and lots of healthy conversation, Thursday Join us for a celebration of whatever it is you/we/they celebrate this time of year — especially a belated 224th birthday of the Bill of Rights, or the impending sixth birthday of TucsonSentinel.com.... Read more»

Tucson's food culture garners UN award: 'Worldwide City of Gastronomy'

Tucson's food culture earned the city recognition from the United Nations on Friday as a Worldwide City of Gastronomy. Tucson, along with 46 other cities, was added to the Creative Cities Network.... Read more»

A very vegetarian Thanksgiving: Local businesses adjust to new customers

In addition to the president, millions of others will pardon turkeys from the imminent threat of Thanksgiving this year. The vegetarian market for Thanksgiving has grown in both popularity and profit – a trend that’s beginning to take off in the Valley.... Read more»

Manzo Elementary's school garden grows sustainable students

Manzo Elementary’s program is the most extensive school garden program in Arizona, and it is the first to have certification from the state for rainwater harvesting, composting and serving garden grown foods in the cafeteria.... Read more»

'Everyone's a Celt' at Tucson Highland games

Highland dancing, caber tossing, bagpipers and drummers, skilled dogs, kilts a-plenty and even a dram or two of whisky can be found at this weekend's Tucson Celtic Festival and Highland Games. The revelry takes place this Friday—Sunday at Rillito Raceway Park, 4502 N. 1st Ave.... Read more»

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